Interfacial thermal transport plays a prominent role in the thermal management of nanoscale objects and is of fundamental importance for basic research and nanodevices. At metal/insulator interfaces, a configuration commonly found in electronic devices, heat transport strongly depends upon the effective energy transfer from thermalized electrons in the metal to the phonons in the insulator.
However, the mechanism of interfacial electron–phonon coupling and thermal transport at metal/insulator interfaces is not well understood.Here, the observation of a substantial enhancement of the interfacial thermal resistance and the important role of surface charges at the metal/ferroelectric interface in an Al/BiFeO3 membrane are reported. By applying uniaxial strain, the interfacial thermal resistance can be varied substantially (up to an order of magnitude), which is attributed to the renormalized interfacial electron–phonon coupling caused by the charge redistribution at the interface due to the polarization rotation. These results imply that surface charges at a metal/insulator interface can substantially enhance the interfacial electron–phonon-mediated thermal coupling, providing a new route to optimize the thermal transport performance in next-generation nanodevices, power electronics, and thermal logic devices.
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Giant Thermal Transport Tuning at a Metal/Ferroelectric Interface
Yipeng Zang, Chen Di, Zhiming Geng, Xuejun Yan, Dianxiang Ji, Ningchong Zheng, Xingyu Jiang, Hanyu Fu, Jianjun Wang, Wei Guo, Haoying Sun, Lu Han, Yunlei Zhou, Zhengbin Gu, Desheng Kong, Hugo Aramberri, Claudio Cazorla, Jorge Íñiguez, Riccardo Rurali, Longqing Chen, Jian Zhou, Di Wu, Minghui Lu, Yuefeng Nie, Yanfeng Chen, Xiaoqing Pan